The Pocahontas County Opera House welcomes back singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore, who will be joined by Joan Shelley on Saturday, August 11.
Moore first appeared at the Opera House with fellow Kentucky-based musicians Jim James, Ben Sollee and Daniel Joseph Dorff during their Appalachian Voices tour in July 2010.
He has since teamed up with Shelley on their recent, collaborative album, “Farthest Field,” released in May on Moore’s Ol Kentuck recording label.
“The ten original compositions on ‘Farthest Field’ display the two Kentucky-based musicians at their singing-songwriting best,” writes poet Marianne Worthington. “The landscapes of their words are united with crystalline, nearly fragile, vocals and minimal, but engaging, accompaniment. This gentle, acoustic music exhibits a mature and calm transparency that perfectly matches these poetic lyrics about leaving and coming home.”
“The whole thing was inspired by ‘Trawlerman’s Song’ by Vashti Bunyan and Robert Lewis,” says Moore. “Joanie and I worked up a version of it for a tour we did last summer, and we loved singing it. We got so much positive feedback from it we started thinking of other songs we might like to do, and over time, the idea for this record came to be.”
Opening for the duo will be Nathan Salsburg. (See Salsburg on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series.) Salsburg has worked for the Alan Lomax Archive for twelve years as a curator, archivist, and editor of its digital catalogs. Since 2006 he has produced and hosted the online radio show “Root Hog Or Die” and he curates the Twos & Fews label, a vernacular music imprint of Chicago’s Drag City label. Salsburg maintains an index of online traditional/vernacular music resources at his blog, roothogordie.wordpress.com. He is also a guitarist, releasing in 2011 an album of acoustic duets with Chicago guitarist James Elkington called “Avos” (Tompkins Square) and a solo guitar record entitled “Affirmed” (No Quarter).
This performance is presented with support from Pendleton Community Bank and the NRAO.